Mass Effect trilogy Remaster?
A Burnout: Paradise remaster holds no appeal to me what so ever, you know what does appeal to me though? That EA have gone back on their word that they will focus purely on new IPs as opposed to remastering already released games. This gives me an all new hope that there may still be a chance for us to receive a full Mass Effect trilogy remaster, something that many gamers including myself have been wanting to see for quite some time now.
This is something that Mass Effect fans have been asking for ever since remasters had started becoming a thing, honestly the fact that EA refused to do so confused the hell out of me, EA have got to be one of if not the most money grabbing companies in gaming, with the micro transactions they insist on not only having but making them nearly essential to achieve what you want out of a game. Remasters are easy money, we all know that, but there is more to them than a quick bug for these major video game companies. Lets take the Uncharted trilogy for example, about 5 months before the much anticipated release of Uncharted 4 we were all treated to a remastered version of the trilogy, this no doubt affected the sales of Sonys new exclusive in a positive way, all current Uncharted fans were excited to replay the previous adventures on their next gen consoles, while people who liked the look of Uncharted 4 but had never played the previous titles now had the chance to catch up and get themselves ready for Drakes final adventure.
This would have made so much sense for EA to do with the Mass Effect trilogy, people would have gone nuts to replay arguably one of the best video game trilogies of all time just before the release of the newest instalment, this is something Bioware were happy to do however EA wasn’t. after the success not only Uncharted but other remasters have seen one does have to question EAs logic on this topic. Now more than ever a Mass Effect trilogy remaster would be well received by fans, while I enjoyed Andromeda there are many that didn’t, should EA truly desire to save the series then rewarding the loyal fans and offering something to those that were bitterly disappointed with Andromeda would go a long way in doing so. A sequel to Andromeda currently looks unlikely at best, so why not improve those odds or at the very least make themselves a quick buck by giving the people what they want.
Remasters are something that people both want and enjoy, back in January Bandai Namco officially announced the remaster of From Softwares Dark Souls, a game that many had longed to see make that remastered leap to next gen consoles and I can guarantee that Bandai are going to benefit greatly from this, a benefit that EA have continually missed out on thanks to their former firm belief in no remasters. Of all their titles that they could choose to break their rule for, I have to ask why Burnout Paradise? Surely Mass Effect is going to make them a lot more money and please a lot more people than Burnout, or perhaps another Bioware title known as Dragon Age, with the recent announcement of Dragon Age 4 I’m willing to bet that there are many people who would love to replay Origins at least on PS4 and Xbox one.
I don’t see any negative side effects to releasing a remastered version of one of the most loved trilogies of all time, in fact Mass Effect 2 holds the title for my favourite ever video game, it was a masterpiece that would be well received alongside the other two entries. I can only imagine how visually stunning all three games would look with todays graphics, particularly the first Mass Effect with will be 11 years old this year. The revenue that many companies receive thanks to their remasters is something that I believe EA are starting to realise is something for them to cash in on from a business point of view, this additional revenue would no doubt benefit an already money grabbing EA. But if it gives me something that I would truly love to see then nobody can lose, there are only positives to be gained by both EA and the fans so why not make it happen.
With this big step forward for EA I do think we will see them remaster more titles, eventually I do believe we will see a remastered version of Shepards story, I only hope that this day is sooner rather than later.